Hall of Fame

Howard Blakey introduced into the FIBArk Hall of Fame

 

Howard Blakey was the first FIBArk Commodore in 1954. Howard was an early organizer of the Salida Boat Races, which started as a challenge between competitors to race on the Arkansas River from Salida to Canon City in 1949 became an annual event that now enters its 67th year! For the first five years, the race was promoted by the Salida Chamber of Commerce committee members. Even though, in 1951, the race was shortened to 25.7 miles, ending in Cotopaxi, the FIBArk Downriver Race is still the longest white water race in the U.S. Lured to the roaring, boulder-strewn Arkansas River, experienced boatsmen from France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Scotland, Israel, Italy, England, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico and the United States and Canada, all came to Salida.

 

Although whitewater competition was well developed in Europe, Salida became the birthplace of whitewater sports in the United States when, in 1953, two German contestants, Erich Seidel and Theo Bock, set up a slalom course to demonstrate gate running during the Salida Boat Races. This event offered the first whitewater slalom race held on the North American continent.

 

1954 marked a very important benchmark in the history of FIBArk when the American Canoe Association (ACA) and International Canoe Association (ICA) sanctioned the races and a boat club, (First In Boating, Arkansas Klub) was formed. In the same year FIBArk Boat Races, Incorporated was created to organize the Salida-Arkansas River Boat Races. Howard Blakey became the first event leader as Commodore of the new boat club; with a mission to preserve and promote whitewater paddle sports.

 

For the purpose of fostering and promoting international good will and understanding between the nations of Europe and the United States of American, the members of FIBArk encouraged and invited foreign boaters to Salida. Traveling on ships to New York and trains to Denver, contestants were driven to Salida and put up in local homes.

 

Howard was Commodore of the 6th Annual Boat Race. Events in 1954 included a “Get Acquainted Banquet”, public square dance and carnival opening on Thursday; slalom finals, kiddie parade and folk dancing on Friday; a car show and races, parade, more square dancing on Saturday and; the down river race and award ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

 

About the Hall of Fame

Established in 2008, the hall of fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to FIBArk and whitewater paddling.

Members of the FIBArk Hall of Fame

CLYDE JONES

  • 1950 Downriver Race Winner
  • Inducted 2008

 

ROY HICKS

  • “King of the Hill”
  • Tenderfoot Hill Climb; 8x Champion
  • Inducted 2009

 

CAROL KANE DAILEY

  • Pioneer in Women’s Kayaking
  • National & International Champion
  • Inducted 2009

 

ROGER PARIS

  • 1954, 56, 58 Downriver Champion
  •  Whitewater Pioneer & Teacher
  • Inducted 2010

 

ERICH SEIDEL

  • 1953 Downriver Champion
  • US Slalom Pioneer & Outdoorsman
  • Inducted 2010

 

LAURENCE “CAMPY” CAMPTON

  • 1954 Klepper Trophy/1st USA Finisher
  • Pioneer, Leader, and Champion
  • Inducted 2011

 

GEORGE OYLER

  • The Mountain Mail newspaper owner
  • Community Leader
  • Inducted 2011

 

THEODORE M. “TED” JACOBS

  • Civic Leader and FIBArk Pioneer
  • FIBArk Commodore 1956
  • Inducted 2012

 

XAVER WUERFMANNSDOBLER

  • International Champion, Pioneer
  • FIBArk Commodore 1966
  • Inducted 2012

 

ERIC FRAZEE

  • U.S. Slalom Pioneer
  • 1959 FIBArk Slalom Champion
  • Inducted 2013

 

STEVE FRAZEE

  • Community Leader
  • FIBArk Commodore 1959
  • Inducted 2013

 

LARRY ZUK

  • Pioneer racer and boat designer
  • Founder of Colorado White Water Association
  • Inducted 2013

 

DANNIE MAKRIS

  • Pioneer, Champion,
  • FIBArk Downriver Champion 1963
  • FIBArk Commodore 1967
  • Inducted 2014

 

TEDDY MAKIRS

  • Pioneer, Champion
  • FIBArk Downriver Champion 1961
  • National Slalom Champion 1964
  • Inducted 2014

 

HOWARD BLAKEY

  • First FIBArk Commodore 1954
  • FIBArk Pioneer and Advocate
  • Inducted 2015